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It could be another hot summer so we thought that a few local outdoor swimming pools will keep you cool over the holidays if you remain in the area. Remember to call ahead to check if these outdoor pools are open when the weather is threatening. If you are a resident of the commune where the pool is located you may be eligible for a special discount. Check with the pools or the websites directly. Of course, take advantage of the lake and local beaches. It is not advisable to swim in local rivers at this time according to this article, however swimming in the river Rhône is fine but take precautions with the current. ©Excerpt from Know-it-all passport® so This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us if you would like to replicate this list. All dates and prices are correct at the time of this article. Scroll down to see a selection in Vaud and neighboring France.


Outdoor Swimming Pools in Canton Geneva

Bains des Paquis
30, quai du Mont-Blanc
1201 Genève
022 732 29 74 main
022 738 16 16 restaurant
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This lake beach offers a life guard, warm showers, changing rooms, toilets, and towel rentals. Hammams are open over the summer Fr. 10.- includes towel rental. Children must be accompanied by an adult. During summer open daily 10h-21h and Sundays 9h-21h. However the beach is accessible 24h/7. There are 2 sandpits for toddlers and kids as well as 2 wading areas (50cm deep) and 2 cordoned-off areas for swimmers. The beach is divided up into two areas: mixed or women only. Price: Fr. 2.-/adult, Fr. 1.-/child. The Restaurant Buvette des Bains is open year-round.

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Being in Europe, we are spoiled by the amount of castles on every hilltop and town center. How lucky we can just have so many at our doorstep. Whether with guests or your own family, you will surely find a few on this small list that we have taken out of our latest ©Know-it-all passport®!

Abbaye de St Maurice
Av. d’Agane 15
1890 Saint-Maurice
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Famous for its Mero­vingian treasure and 1,500 years of history. Augustine monks are still active as teachers here. Guided tours only (1.5 hours), at set times. You may request a tour in English. Price Fr. 15.-/adult, Fr. 9-/children 6-16. Open Tuesday to Friday 10h-17h, weekends 13h30-17h30. Check website before going.

Château d’Aigle and the Musée de la Vigne, du Vin et de l’Etiquette 
Place du Château 1 
1860 Aigle
024 466 21 30
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Aigle Castle was built at the end of the 12th century and is situated in the middle of vineyards. It harbors a wine museum with old wine-making traditions and tools, as well as a terrific collection of wine labels. Note: It’s fun to go to Swiss Vapeur Parc (see below) in the morning through lunch (there is a mini Château d’Aigle there!), then drive over to the life-size Château d’Aigle in the afternoon. Price: Fr 11.-/adult, Fr. 5.-/age 9-16. Family and group packages available. Wine-tasting available with a souvenir wine glass starting at Fr. 25.-/person in addition to the entry price; prior reservation 10 days before and minimum of 10 people must be signed up. Open daily during summer 10h-18h.

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Bois de la Batie
Ch. de la Bâtie and
Rte des Péniches
1213 Petit-Lancy
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Bring your picnic basket and blanket and sprawl out on the lawn. There is a playground in part sun/part shade and a wading pool equipped with toilets and changing rooms. Visit the mini-zoo while you are there. Restaurants are nearby if you need an ice-cream!

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Are you tired of always trying to organize lifts for your children to get them to school or their extra-curricular activities? With your busy work schedule do you struggle to take elderly or disabled relatives to their daytime appointments? Or do you simply need a reliable taxi service to get you to the airport time?

Founded in 2012, Sweetmobil is a family company, which aims to do all that for you! With a fleet of 7 cars, all equipped to take wheelchairs, the company provides regular transfers for children, and people with reduced mobility, as well as their family and friends, within Vaud and neighboring areas.

Asked how he came to set up such a specialized business with his wife, founder Enriquez Bolivar told knowitall.ch, “I worked for almost twenty years in institutions for disabled adults and children and I always saw that there was a real problem with transportation for this category of people and their families. So I decided to set up my own transportation company helping 3 categories of people: children; persons with reduced mobility; and private individuals or groups of up to 15 people.”

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As we approach a few days before New Year's Eve, many of you will be out and about, dining with friends, partying in town, or having a drink after work with colleagues.

 

If you’re planning to have a drink, be sure to plan ahead and make arrangements for your return home — if you’re driving, then you need to remain below the legal limit (click here for Swiss limits and here for French limits) and if you’re not, then you need to make sure you have a sensible means of transport back home.

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If you can’t rely on friends to give you a lift home, and if public transport is not an option, think about putting some extra money in your purse for a Swiss taxi or French taxi home. At this time of year, fees can be extremely high, so be prepared.

 

When your plans change, and you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, having set out in your car but having drunk more than the legal limit, DO NOT be tempted to get into your car and drive home. Instead, call up Nez Rouge, a volunteer organization set up in 1990, which will arrange for a driver to come out and meet you, and drive your car home!

 

When you call up their free number, 0800 802 208, Nez Rouge will send two volunteers to drive your car home (one driving and one assisting at the back of the car), both of whom will be followed by another driver in a Nez Rouge car who will return all volunteers back to base.